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Research by 22 Black Hills State University students has been accepted for presentation at the 24th Annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 15-17 at the University of Montana in Missoula.

“During the past four years Black Hills State University has sent over 20 students to each of the annual NCUR conferences,” stated Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU. “I am very proud of the success rate of our students and the high quality of their scholarship.”

BHSU students attending the conference will present research on the subjects of physics, English, psychology, political science, history, and biology.

NCUR, an annual conference dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study, is the largest professional research symposium of its type. Each year approximately 2,000 undergraduate students from all fields and disciplines gather to share the knowledge they have gained through their research projects. Student presenters also have the opportunity to publish their work in the Conference Proceedings, which are distributed across the nation.

Students with accepted English abstracts are: Cara Bandalos, senior English major from Guernsey, Wyo., The Wife of Bath vs. The Medieval Church; Justine Burggraff senior English major from Beulah, N.D., Changing Hierarchies in Early America; Monika Hotz, junior English major from Hot Springs, Sex and Equality: Anne Bradstreet and The Creation for a Community of Love; Jennifer Webb, freshman general studies major from Black Hawk, Fear and Loving In Long Island: An Examination of Edward Burns ‘The Brothers Mcmullen’; Shanna Quinn, sophomore professional accountancy major from Spearfish, Daily Life and "Universal Insights" In The Poetry of Seamus Heaney; Samantha Nelson, freshman biology major from Creighton, Neb., Savages To Men: Stanley Cavell And The Role Of The Helpmate In ‘The Borthers Mcmullen’; Gabriel Gibson, senior English major from Rapid City, Art For Our Sake: The Value Of Art In Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay; Benjamin Reiter, senior political science major from Riverton Wyo., Destructive Freedom In Gutherie's The Big Sky; Brian Stampe, sophomore outdoor education major from Spearfish, A Clash of Realities: A Study of James Welch's Fools Crow; Brian Engler, senior English major from Laconia, N.H., The Raping of Class: A Marxist Examination of William Faulkner's Sanctuary; Aaron Bauerly, junior English major from Spearfish, The Destructive Power of Foundationalist Narratives In Joseph Heller's Catch-22; Jordan Sheets, senior biology major from Rapid City, Seamus Heaney and the Search for Truth.

Jared Thompson, senior from New Rockford, N.D., will present his physics abstract entitled Customizing A Crds Trace Gas Analyzer For Dark Matter Experiments.

Students presenting with a biology abstract are: Matthew Wipf, senior biology major from Belle Fourche, Effects of Initial Egg Extrusion Techniques and Fertilization in Ovarian Fluid During Landlocked Fall Chinook Salmon Spawning; and Brett Montieth, junior biology major from Spearfish, Neurexin 3 Gene and Relations to Impulsivity.

Eric Zimmer, senior history major from Rapid City, will present his history abstract entitled, Neutrality, Attack, and Retaliation: Captain Donald G. Smith and World War Ii, 1941-1942.

Political science abstracts include: Crystal Burnett, junior political science major from Gillette, Wyo., The Effect Zionism on American Foreign Relations Concerning Palestine and Israel: 1890-1948; and Joshua McDonald, senior sociology major from Sturgis, The Spectacle of American Politics.

Psychology abstracts include: Ava Sauter, junior psychology major from Custer, Time Period of Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior in Adulthood; Heidi Hankerson, junior psychology major from Black Hawk, Childhood and Adolescent Trauma and Risky Behavior; Nathaniel Diede, senior psychology major from Springfield, Childhood and Adolescent Trauma is Associated with Increased Problematic Gambling Beliefs; and Jim Hellekson, senior psychology major from Faith, Early Life Stress Associated with Increased Impulsivity in Both Men and Women.

For more information on NCUR, contact Downing at 642-6056 or email Holly.Downing@BHSU.edu. You may also visit the NCUR website at www.ncur.org.